CM directs all city ministers, MLAs to join in relief efforts
East Bengaluru was lashed by heavy overnight rains as it reported the highest 136 mm rainfall of the season.
Among the badly affected areas were Hebbal, Kushal Nagar, Hennur, Banaswadi, HBR Layout, Kempapura and Vayunandana Extension. Storm water drains overflowed and many apartments in these localities were flooded.
Following BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad’s briefing of the situation, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa directed all Bengaluru ministers and MLAs to join in the relief efforts.
Speaking to TheBengaluruLive, Yelahanka Zone Chief Engineer Ranganath said the Kodigehalli railway underpass was flooded but “we can hardly do anything as the underpass was constructed by the Major Road Infrastructure wing and Indian Railways and has not been handed over to zonal officials.”
Ranganath said the IBM building inside Manyata Tech Park was flooded but the company authorities themselves drained out the water.
Over night rains lashed #Bengaluru city. #IBM office in Manyata Tech Park witnessed immense waterlogging.Many low lying areas of North and west Bengaluru flooded with water due to rains.@indiatvnews#BengaluruRains #BangaloreRains pic.twitter.com/CMQ6ZUZ2FJ— T Raghavan (@NewsRaghav) September 9, 2020
Storm Water Drain Chief Engineer BS Prahlad said the IBM building was not occupied and was still under construction. The building’s four basement floors were flooded.
As per the meteorological department, more than 100 mm rain was recorded at the following locations — Chokkasandra (132 mm), Yeshwanthpur (129.5), KR Puram (128.5), Byatarayanapura (125.5), Vishwanath Nagenahalli (125), Bagalkunte (117.5), Ramamurthynagar (116.5), Nagapura (115.5), Doddabommasandra (114.5), Peenya Industrial Area (109.5), Horamavu (108.5), Nandini Layout (102.5), Kadugodi (100.5) and Jakkur (100).
The city’s HSR layout and Horamavu areas also witnessed water logging. Many places, including Shantinagar, Jayanagar, Banashankari, Majestic, Malleswaram, Shivajinagar, Hebbal, Rajajinagar, Koramangala, KR Puram and Hegde Nagar were badly affected.
In one incident, the driver of a luxury car struggled to move it from a spot where it got stuck near the railway track near Shivananda Circle. A road leading to Sahakar Nagar was waterlogged. In Horamavu, flood water came into houses. In some areas of Horamavu and Sai Layout, electronic appliances in many houses were damaged.
Despite several calls to BBMP helplines, there was hardly any response.